Red-Vented Bulbul


(Hindi name- Kala bulbul)

Red-vented bulbul was a cage bird in India during 19th century and were also used for fights. It was also seen that people use to carry them on hand with a string tied to their legs.

In this article we will explore where to spot this bird, and learn more about its habits and habitat.

Habitat: Best places to spot Red-vented bulbul

Red-vented bulbul is resident breeder of the Indian subcontinent. But it is found in many parts of the world. It is found in dry scrub, open forests and in cultivated lands.

Nesting Habits

Nests are small cup like structure, made up of small twigs. It may use the same nest instead of building the new nest.

Food Habits

Red-vented bulbul feeds on fruits, flower petals, nectar, insects and occasionally on geckos.

Plumage: How does this bird looks.

One can easily identify this bird as it has crest on the head with the red vent. The short crest on head gives head a square like appearance. Its head is black. The body is dark and has scaly pattern. The rump and tail are black and the tail has white tips. Both sexes are similar. The young ones are duller.


Red-vented bulbul breeds from June to September. Eggs hatch in 14 days. Chicks are fed by both the parents.


Red-vented bulbul produces number of single note sharp calls


This bird considered as pest because of their habit of damaging fruit crops.


  • Kingdom – Animalia
  • Phylum – Chordata
  • Class – Aves
  • Order – Passeriformes
  • Family – Pycnonotidae
  • Genus – Pycononotus
  • Species – P.Cafer
  • Binomial name – Pycononotus Cafer

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